Minnesota Independence Party U.S. Senate nominee Dean Barkley “began airing his first — and likely only — TV ad of the campaign Thursday,” the AP reports. Barkley “employed Minneapolis adman Bill Hillsman in the hopes of recapturing Hillsman’s success in commercials he crafted for former Gov. Jesse Ventura and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone.” In the spot, a “leather jacket-clad Barkley” is “flanked by cardboard cutouts” of rivals Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken on top of pedestals. Barkley says, “I don’t need two guys from New York to tell me why the middle class is angry. I know why. I’m one of you.” He then knocks over the pedestals.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune says an NBC News/Mason Dixon poll this week has Barkley at 12 percent, with 10 percent undecided, while a Rasmussen poll has Barkley at 14 percent, with four percent undecided. Coleman had a slim lead over Franken in both polls despite the Democratic ticket’s lead in the state.
Barkley and Ventura were interviewed on GCN Live’s Alex Jones Show.